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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

One more thing - not being an oeniphile I defer on the American wine issue.

But I can state with certainty that there is and will likely never be a quality American malt scotch whisky............

It would appear as if I am over it.

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Nov 5, 2008 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

Some folks from Nantucket may beg to differ.

http://www.ciscobrewers.com/distillery/spiritsnotchwhiskey.htm

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 5, 2008 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

as do some out here, but I can't vouch for the same:

http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

BD -

Pardon my ignorance, I thought St Georges was doing mostly American vodkas, absinthes and fruit based distillations??

Are they doing a whiskey or a whisky?

Thanks for the link - I will have to go check thme out. We are coming out to the area in a few weeks to hike Mt. Tam and spend a week in Muir and could easily add a few days to go distillery surfing.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

We may be arguing in the margins but I wouldn't put Triple 8 distillations, specifically their "Notch Whiskey" (as in Not scotch whisky) in the same category as a single malt. Even the whiskey is spelled with an 'e' as opposed to the Scottish variant - perhaps scotch snobbery.

They did use Morrison Bowmore's master distiller and the Notch does taste similar to Bowmore Seadragon, and some of their 17 yr old cask strengths but most purists wouldn't consider it a true single malt.

I know, who cares what purists think? Personally, I like Notch but having been stationed in Scotland for 3 1/2 years I kind of got spoiled.